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The Dangers of Aggressive Driving

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Aggressive driving is a conscious disregard for the safety and courtesy of fellow drivers, passengers, and/or pedestrians. It is a serious issue that can result in dire consequences to you or another driver. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, over 1,500 people are injured or killed in the U.S. each year by aggressive driving. What are signs of aggressive driving?

Common Aggressive Driving Behavior Includes:

- Cutting off other drivers

- Not signaling before changing lanes

- Frequently changing lanes

- Tailgating

- Blowing your horn

- Aggressive or rude gestures

- Disregarding traffic signs and lights

- Speeding

If you feel yourself becoming aggressive, take a deep breath and think through your future actions. You may presume speeding and driving aggressively will get you to your destination quicker. In reality, speeding lessens driving time by five percent (or three minutes faster per hour). Do you think that amount of time is worth a ticket, criminal charge, or fatal accident?

What causes road rage and what can you do to avoid driving aggressively? There are many factors that contribute to road rage. However, studies have shown mood greatly influences driving behavior. Overcrowded roadways may also create an unhappy and aggressive driver. Although you cannot control congested highways, you can control your state of mind. Keep your emotions in check – do not act on adrenaline and anger. Be patient and courteous with fellow drivers. Also, avoid driving if you are tired, angry, or upset.

We hope you and your loved ones travel safely to your destination. If you or someone you know is injured due to the negligence of an aggressive driver, please contact a personal injury attorney at Rutter Mills Law Firm. You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages. Please call a Rutter Mills auto accident attorney today to schedule a consultation at 757-622-5000.

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Blythe Scott has practiced since 1999 in various areas of the law including civil litigation, bankruptcy, traffic matters and residential real estate. Since her principle interest is in helping people, she now restricts her practice to workers' compensation for both State claims under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act and Federal claims under the Longshore Act as well as social security claims. Mrs. Scott is an active member of her community serving on the Board of Directors of the YWCA and as co-chair for the 2008 YWCA Women of Distinction Luncheon. She also serves as an appointed member of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Norfolk, a Commissioner for the Norfolk Airport Authority and a member of the Norfolk State University Foundation, and the Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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